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Gary D. Moore, John Templeton, Spiritual Investments Gary D. Moore, Spiritual Investments: Wall Street Wisdom from the Career of Sir John Templeton (1998), Templeton Foundation Press, ISBN: 1890151181— John Marks Templeton's companies encompassed more than 80 mutual funds worldwide, managing over $20 billion in assets upon his retirement from investment management in 1992. Forbes has called Templeton “one of the handful of true investment greats in a field of crowded mediocrity and bloated reputations.” Templeton believes that his financial accomplishments are directly related to his strong convictions. Now he shares the secrets of his phenomenal success in 17 sound investment principles that will help people make sensible choices for financial security as well as living a fruitful life. He maintains that the link connecting successful people with successful enterprises is a devotion to ethical and spiritual principles. He emphasizes the “laws of life”— truthfulness, perseverance, thrift, enthusiasm, humility and altruism— that can help everyone discover and develop their individual abilities. The practical steps he recommends include: finding the positive in every negative, investing yourself in your work, giving the extra ounce, controlling your thoughts for effective action, winning through humility, and discovering new frontiers. Taken as a whole, these steps will help readers make lasting friendships and reap significant financial rewards. 5 stars
Hagstrom, Warren Buffet Portfolio Robert G. Hagstrom Jr., The Warren Buffett Portfolio: Mastering the Power of the Focus Investment Strategy (1999), Wiley, ISBN: 0471247669— The sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Warren Buffett Way reveals how to profitably manage stocks once you select them. In this book, Hagstrom introduces the next wave of investment strategy— “focus investing“ used with spectacular results by Buffett. Focus investing directs investors to select a concentrated group of businesses by examining their management and financial positions as compared to their stock prices. Using this technique, Hagstrom shows how to identify lucrative companies and manage investments synergistically for the best possible results. The author draws on the collective wisdom of Warren Buffett and other mavens, including economist John Maynard Keynes and investors Philip Fisher, Bill Ruane of Sequoia Fund, and Charlie Munger, Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. It clearly outlines the strategies and philosophies of focus investing and illustrates how to implement them effectively. Avg. Review (20): 4 stars
Robert G. Hagstrom Jr., The Warren Buffett Way: Investment Strategies of the World's Greatest Investor (1997), Wiley, ISBN: 0471177504 Avg. Review (23): 4 stars
Peter Lynch, One Up on Wall Street Peter Lynch, One Up on Wall Street: How to Use What You Already Know to Make Money in the Market (1990), Penguin USA, ISBN: 0140127925— Although this book is ten years old, Lynch's sagely advice is still fresh as it was back then. Peter Lynch knows how to make money. A $10,000 investment in the Fidelity Magellan Fund when Lynch became manager, would have yielded $190,000 ten years later. This book lets you in on his secrets how he made this incredible return. Lynch shows that for the average investor, the key to making money in the stock market is sticking with what you know. Instead of investing in a high-tech organization you read about in the press, look around you. Is there a company building a new plant in your area? Has your company just added a third shift at the warehouse? These are the clues you get before the professionals, the clues that lead to a “tenbagger”— a stock whose value increases tenfold. Lynch shows you how to distinguish the long shots from the “no shots,” how to research a company once you've spotted it. He explains the jargon and the numbers, the cycles and the turnarounds, and much more. Concise, unique, and proven, this method will put you in the money. Avg. Review (36):5 stars
William O'Neil, 24 Essential Lessons for Investment Success John C. Bogle, Common Sense on Mutual Funds: New Imperatives for the Intelligent Investor (1999), Wiley, ISBN: 0471295434— Bogle is the founder & Senior Chairman of Vanguard Group, the world's largest no-load mutual fund group, with more than ten million shareholders and $500 billion in assets. He has single-handedly transformed the industry by championing better funds at lower costs to the investor. This eye-opening book examines the fundamentals of mutual fund investing alongside industry practices that are often in conflict with a sound long-term investment program. Just as Thomas Paine argued for a new way of thinking about independence in “Common Sense,” so Bogle sets forth a new way of looking at mutual funds. He shows investors how to revolutionize their portfolios by embracing simplicity and then avoiding industry pitfalls. From stock and bond funds to global investing & index funds, Bogle provides insight, illumination, & enlightenment. Avg. Review (24):4.5 stars
John C. Bogle, Bogle on Mutual Funds: New Perspectives for the Intelligent Investor (1994), Dell Books, ISBN: 0440506824 Avg. Review (17): 4.5 stars
William O'Neil, 24 Essential Lessons for Investment Success William O'Neil, 24 Essential Lessons for Investment Success (1999), McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing, ISBN: 0071357548— From the publisher of Investor's Business Daily and best-selling author of How to Make Money in Stocks, comes 24 of the most important lessons for any investor. Bill O'Neil is one of today's most respected sources of investment advice. As publisher of Investor's Business Daily, O'Neil influences hundreds of thousands of investors every day in his editorials and through his unique investment philosophy that pervades the newspaper. William O'Neil's Essential Lessons for Investment Success is based upon 26 editorials that have previously appeared in IBD. Edited and updated, O'Neil's timeless advice encapsulates such investing nuggets as: don't follow common wisdom to widely diversify. Concentrate your investments in a few areas, know them well, and watch them carefully. Don't just rely upon PE ratios and other common technical tools. Learn to use Relative Price Strength to help you choose stocks. O'Neil's cautionary yet pro-active advice has helped to make IBD one of America's fastest growing and most respected newspapers. Now investor's can benefit from his timeless words of wisdom, collected in one easy-to-use resource. Avg. Review (18):3.5 stars
Charles D. Ellis, Winning the Loser's Game: 
Timeless Strategies for Successful Investing Charles D. Ellis, Winning the Loser's Game: Timeless Strategies for Successful Investing, 3rd Ed. (1998), McGraw-Hill, ISBN: 0070220107— This financial classic has sold over 55,000 copies in its previous two editions. Simple, straightforward, and concise, Charles Ellis, one of today's most brilliant investment writers, provides timeless wisdom about the nature of investing. The book has received endorsements from a wide range of successful investors and it is considered essential reading for all investment professionals and serious individual investors. A spirited critique of the premises behind professional investing, this edition includes much more information for individual investors, including mistakes to avoid, how to escape the ravages of inflation and taxes, and how to most effectively pass on your money to your heirs. Some rave reviews from financial gurus— Peter Drucker: “This is by far the best book on investment policy and management.” Abby Joseph Cohen of Goldman, Sachs & Co.: “an elegant guide to investment truths and paradoxes.” Avg. Review (6): 5 stars
Charles D. Ellis & James R. Vertin (Eds.) , The Investor's Anthology: Original Ideas from the Industry's Greatest Minds (1997), Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 0471176052
Harry S. Dent, Roaring 2000s: Building Wealth and Life Style Harry S. Dent, Jr., The Roaring 2000s: Building the Wealth and Life Style You Desire in the Greatest Boom in History (1998), Simon & Schuster, ISBN: 0684838184— Having predicted changes in our economy and workplace with uncanny precision, Dent now turns his exceptionally accurate and visionary eye toward our change in lifestyle. He not only offers detailed investment strategies aimed at exploiting the coming boom for the next fifteen years but he also explains future trends in the job market, technology, demographics, and real estate. With new research tools applied to the trends that have developed within the last few years, Dent reveals concrete predictions and in-depth insights into the next decade, including a Dow soaring to 21,500, and possibly 35,000, by the year 2008. Here are investment strategies that will help readers get the most out of a rapidly changing world. Avg. Review (56): 4.5 stars
Harry S. Dent, Jr., The Roaring 2000s Investor: Strategies for the Life You Want (1999), Dell Books, ISBN: 0440506824 Avg. Review (14): 3.5 stars
Steven Mintz, John Neff, Charles Ellis, John Neff on Investing Steven L. Mintz, John B. Neff, Charles D. Ellis, John Neff on Investing (1999), Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 0471197173— John Neff has proven time and again over the past three decades that bucking the system can pay off big. During his illustrious career as a money manager, Neff disregarded conventional wisdom by passing over the big growth stocks of the moment in favor of inexpensive, underperforming ones— and he usually won. During his 31 years as portfolio manager for Vanguard's Windsor and Gemini Funds, he beat the market 22 times, through every imaginable stock market climate, while posting a 57-fold increase in an initial stake. When Windsor closed its doors to new investors in 1985, it was the largest mutual fund in the United States. Now retired, Neff shares the investment strategies that earned him international recognition as the "investor's investor." He delineates, for the first time, the principles of his phenomenally successful low P/E approach to investing, and describes the strategies, techniques, and investment decisions that earned him a place alongside Warren Buffett and Peter Lynch in the pantheon of modern investment wizards. This book is must reading for investors who wish to learn from a seasoned professional. Avg. Review (4): 4 stars
Kenneth A. Stern, Secrets of the Investment All-Stars Kenneth A. Stern, Secrets of the Investment All-Stars (1999), AMACOM, ISBN: 0814404561— In Secrets of the Investment All-Stars, Ken Stern takes you inside the minds of nine investment luminaries. Through candid personal interviews with these stellar investors, he gathers a wealth of investment experience, know-how, and successs. Stern then condenses all this knowledge into an easy, step-by-step investment formula that you can use to mimic the all-stars, make more money, and achieve your financial dreams. Learn the secrets of John Bogle, founder of Vanguard Group; Ron Elijah, VP of Robertson Stephens & foremost expert on top-down investing; Marty Zweig, world's premier market forecaster; Don Phillips, CEO of Morningstar; Louis Navellier, Editor of MPT Review; Harry Markowitz, Nobel Laureate for portfolio theory; William O'Neil, founder of Investor's Business Daily; Mario Gabelli, Chairman of Gabelli Funds; and Foster Friess of Brandywine Fund, rated best no-load mutual fund. Use the ideas in this book to make your own fortune. Avg. Review (8): 4 stars
Geoffrey A. Moore, Paul Johnson, Tom Kippola, Gorilla Game: Picking Winners in High Technology Geoffrey A. Moore, Paul Johnson, Tom Kippola, The Gorilla Game: Picking Winners in High Technology Revised Ed. (1999), Harperbusiness, ISBN: 0887309577— In the bestselling original edition of The Gorilla Game, the authors laid out a low-risk investment strategy for high-tech stocks. Now, they have revised their groundbreaking guide to take into account the astonishing performance in recent months of Internet-related stocks. The authors reveal their analysis of this high-performance sector in a newly revised edition of The Gorilla Game: Picking Winners in High Technology. The strategy advocates restricting investments to a handful of companies that enjoy extraordinary competitive advantage, which the authors call "gorillas," companies that dominate their sectors. Now the authors find that the gorilla game also offers insights into volatile, high-profile Internet-related companies. teaches investors to watch for the signs of "hypergrowth" in an industry and identify the companies with the best chance of emerging as "gorillas." Avg. Review (21): 4 stars
Jake Bernstein, Beat the Millennium Crash Jake Bernstein, Beat the Millennium Crash: How to Profit from the Coming Financial Crisis (1999), Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0735201196— Jake Bernstein is an internationally recognized futures trader and the author of many highly acclaimed books on investments. He forecasts that Monday morning, January 3, 2000 “will bring a devasting millennium stock market crash for investors the world over.” Faced with the Y2K crisis, investors will act promptly upon any bad news, resulting in a selling frenzy rivalling the market crashes of 1929 and 1987. The stock market panic will precipitate a cascade of bank failures. He believes that interest rates are approaching a 54-year bottom, and that rising rates will halt this long bull market. While the millennium crash will be devasting to many, it could be a boom to those who are prepared. Bernstein's five-part millennium strategy: 40% cash, 20% precious metals, 15% real estate, 15% collectible, and 10% stocks. Bernstein urges all investors to face the impending financial disaster now— and take action to protect their future. Avg. Review (14): 4.5 stars
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